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Six Steps to Solving a Problem

Paula and her boss Sue were driving each other nuts.  (As their coach I got to see it up close.) Paula needed to hire more staff.  Her “reasonable” proposal got “shot down” by Sue, who sent it back with a

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Best Practices for Meetings – 5 Structural Elements

Most meetings suck. Yours can suck way less. Here are 5 structural elements that will make your meetings fast, fascinating, and effective — and how to implement each one.

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Profitable Transitions – with Jim Grew

Transitions are dangerous times for any business – not just when a firm is bought or sold, or when there’s a new CEO – and they are also times of tremendous opportunity. One person who excels at turning transitions into

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Nice Teams Finish Last

Think your team is great because you all get along so well?  It could be a sign your team is under-performing.As Brian Cole Miller describes in his new book Nice Teams Finish Last, niceness is often a cover for fear of straight talk, for low trust…

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Virtual Teams with Claire Sookman and Tom Schulte

How can you create more effective virtual teams?  I asked Claire Sookman of Virtual Team Builders, who has been studying and teaching virtual teams for ten years, and Tom Schulte of Recalibrate Professional Development, and the creator o…

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How the CEO can Create an Even More Engaging Work Environment

How can CEOs create an even more engaging work environment?  I asked David Witt, Program Director at The Ken Blanchard Companies.The Blanchard folks have done an enormous amount of research on this topic of workplace engagement. They’ve found some…

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The Thrust of Two Widows: How to Make Your Conflicts Constructive

In fencing, there is a maneuver called “the thrust of two widows” — where the fencers both lunge, neither blocks, and they each succeed in killing the other one. It’s generally considered something of a failure. Fencing students are warned against it…

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Creating a Culture of Excellence – Entrepreneur Magazine

Good article in Entrepreneur Magazine summarizing the steps to create a culture of excellence.Summary:Create a master document to spell out exactly what excellence means.Survey your customers. Get outside help. Talk with the neighbors. S…

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Deeper on Teams

We dive deeper on teamwork and team building with two returning experts: John Bender and Peter Bye. John was senior director of merger integration for HP’s $19.5 billion acquisition of Compaq. Peter was Corporate Diversity Director at AT&T. They di…

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John Bender on Building Virtual Teams

For our recent interview, John Bender shared this outline of his thinking on the topic of virtual teams, team building and trust building.  I share it here in its entirety (with some formatting tweaks) because it is an outstanding, compact summati…

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Storytelling Redux with Seth Kahan

Following up on our recent interview of four experts on business storytelling, we drill down into the how-tos of good storytelling, including when to use which type of story. My returning guest is Seth Kahan of visionaryleadership.com, who will also di…

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